Saturday, 18 October 2014

{Book Review} Heatwave by Richard Castle


"A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. PulitzerPrize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat."

I started Heat Wave back in 2011 and was a little let down with the first few chapters and never picked it back up. So as my partner and I re-watched the series from the beginning I decided to give the book another go.  

Heat Wave is meant to be the book Castle is writing while tagging along with Beckett in the first two seasons.
My main problem with the book was that it didn't feel like Castle wrote it all. I know Castle clearly hasn't written it because he's a fictional character but I felt that it just didn't even come close to how I thought Castle would have written Heat Wave.

Secondly the book is only 200 pages! It is unbelievably short, especially when reading it. Other than that though I liked it and could clearly see the contrasts between the TV series and the book and really liked them.

I plan to read the rest of the series eventually and see if it picks up!

If anyone has read this series is it worth sticking with?

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Little Things

Pumpkin love. Ready for Halloween! 

1. Halloween Ready 
I'll properly regret saying this but I'm so excited for trick or treaters this Halloween. We used to live in a big block of flats so we never got any and we've not planned to go out so I'm excited to see all the kiddos in their cute little outfits! 

 2. Candles Galore
Dark nights equal every candle we have available to be lit for the ambience! I'm especially loving having all our oil burners and the above Halloween candle holder lit. I've got my eye on a cute little ghost one as well, but is that a bit too many?!

Cookies research 

3. Cookies 
I've been researching different types of cookies for my 101 things in 1001 days project and I've found ten really great recipes so I'm starting tomorrow but I'm going to go with boring original chocolate chip cookies for my first time as it's been ages since I actually made cookies! 

4. TMI 
I came off the injection pill in May and I'm currently engaged in my first period in 6-7 years, which really is a great thing and also it's nowhere near as painful as before I had surgery and was on the injection however I'm currently on day 16!! WTF!!! All I can say is I'm glad there's no pain like there used to be otherwise I don't know how I'd be coping!

  Meal pill {weird things I do for interviews!} 

5. The Meal Pill 
The weird things I do for interviews never seem to end. My most recent one was giving a 3-5 minute presentation on a futuristic product called the meal pill, which contained all the nutrients you need. It was fun though!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Products I Love to Hate & Hate to Love

Products I love to hate 

 There are five products that I've used recently or use a lot that I have a love hate relationship with and thought I'd talk a little bit more why I have a love hate relationship with these products.

1. Liquid Foundation
It evens out my skin tone, it cover my blemishes and makes me feel a millions dollors until ten minutes later when I'm about to walk out the house and my face just can't breathe and I have to wash it all off. Life fail. I can't seem to get round this one though. I use less product and it still happens.

2. Dry Shampoo
It soaks up all the grease in my naturally greasy hair and I can go two extra days if needed without washing my hair but I hate the way it makes my hair feel. All thick and full of product and just nasty. I tend to wash my hair sooner rather than later after using dry shampoo, which sort of defeats the purpose.

3. Body Butter/Lotion
It makes my skin soft, it gets rid of my dry patches but oh my god it takes forever to dry and if I use one of those 'dry's in 60 seconds' body lotions my skin just doesn't feel hydrated enough.

4. Aussie Miracle Mousse
It's great, it works, it makes my hair super soft and I really like it. But I only get about 3-5 uses out of the can and I don't think it's worth spending that much money when the normal miracle conditioner does the same but I can get more uses out of it.

5. Powder
I've have awkwardly, awkward skin. My skin tends to mostly be dry therefore most powders show all my dry patches which isn't a good look but powder doesn't make my skin feel like it's suffocating like liquid foundation.

I'd love to know if anyone else has products they love to hate! 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

10 Things to do When Your Bored

Re-arrange bookcase

Listing 10 things to do when you're bored is on my 101 things to do in 1001 days, mostly because when I'm in a reading slump or when I've read too much I end up getting bored and am never really sure what else I can do other than read and annoy my other half {which is actually really entertaining but then he gets in a mood. Tut he's no fun!} so I thought a reminder list for myself would be good and other people might like it too! 

1. Re-read your favourite book.
An old favourite of mine, which works really well when I'm in a reading slump. I tend to go for anything Nora Roberts related but I do love Vision in White.

2. Call/email or facetime a friend.
Since moving I've really sucked at staying in touch with the people that mean the most to me and I need to reach out more. Sending texts just isn't working for me now though so I'm upping my game by trying a different method of communication.

3. Re-arrange your bookcase.
I like to do this one a lot! Also I have a lot of books.

4. Go for a walk with a podcast or audiobook
This is a better one for a day off or at lunch time as now it's getting darker I wouldn't do this one on an evening so much now but in the summer it's great.

5. Start a blog!
So if you haven't started a blog yet, why not? If you're bored it's the absolutely perfect time to start one. If you already have a blog write that post you keep putting off, right an honest from your heart post.

6. Organise your wardrobe.
My wardrobe is always organised, I'm a bit weird like that, but sometimes Ryan will put my clothes away and he doesn't understand my system so instead of leaving it or doing it when I'm running late I should do it when I'm bored!

7. Try a new recipe.
I prefer trying new recipes when cooking to be honest but I need to bake 5 different type of cookies for my 101 things so I need to maybe not reread a book and instead bake some goddamn cookies!

8. Watch a film.
Sometimes I'll watch the Die Hard films from the beginning other times {if Ryan gets a say} we watch all the X-Men films or Lord of the Rings. Recently I watched all the Matrix films.

9. Write your very own book.
Lots of people want to be a writer. What's stopping you? 

10. Have a nap!
Sometimes when I'm 'bored' I'm not really bored, I'm just too tired to do anything. So I should just give-in and have a nap instead.

Let me know any other good ones!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Little Things

in with the new 

1. Out with the Old 
Ok so I can't actually make myself throw away my trainers from this summer {the cream/pink pair} but they have lots of holes in them but I found a similar version in more autumn/winter colours and I love them and think they will be great for running errends and before all the rain hits 

2. Holiday!
Only 5 days until we're going to be visiting my Mum and I can't wait. It'll be nice to have a little break and to see family and friends!

3. Lists, lists and more lists
The absolute and only way I'm managing to stay organised right now. Although if I don't check my list or it's not sat right in front of me. I forget everything!

4. Sunday TV
Because Columbo, Space Jam, Carry on Cruising and Miss Marple all make for the perfect, I can't be arsed to get dressed Sundays!

5. Down time
I took a bit of down time last week and didn't blog and wasn't on the 'net much at all and really needed it to be honest. There's so much other stuff going on right now in my real life that I couldn't cope with my internet life as well. Which I know sounds silly but a break every now and again helps and was exactly what I needed!